Go Away Cold

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Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week, 13 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

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Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

 

 

My subject is:

Baby it’s cold outside? Are you a snow bunny having fun outdoors at this time of year, or do you prefer to be cozy inside?

It was submitted by: http://thelieberfamily.com     

I used to like the cold, used to crave the cold because I hated the summer. I hated the heat, the humidity, the constant sweating. Two years ago I posted on a Secret Subject Swap that I LOVED the winter over the summer. Oh boy how things have changed.

Now I can’t get warm enough. Now I hate driving in the snow, the slush, the ice. There are too many idiots who refuse to clean off their cars and cause accidents when their snow sheets hit other cars. There are too many morons driving like they are in Nascar in the middle of a snow storm.

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I hate the fact that our driveway sucks and the garbage pails take up most of the driveway making it pretty impossible to pull in when I get home from work. I hate that our upstairs neighbor never does anything to help with keeping the driveway clear. I hate that our next door neighbor pushes her snow onto our driveway entrance, but complains when we get too close to her grass in the summer.

I hate that my schools hardly close and I am forced to figure out what to do with my son when I have to work. I hate when hubby has to go in for snow removal and I have to stay home and miss work.

In the cold and snow, I rather be at home. I rather be home on the couch reading a book, drinking hot coffee while the electric fireplace keeps us warm.

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Book Review: A Tapping At My Door

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A woman at home in Liverpool is disturbed by a persistent tapping at her back door. She’s disturbed to discover the culprit is a raven, and tries to shoo it away. Which is when the killer strikes.

DS Nathan Cody, still bearing the scars of an undercover mission that went horrifyingly wrong, is put on the case. But the police have no leads, except the body of the bird – and the victim’s missing eyes.

As flashbacks from his past begin to intrude, Cody realizes he is battling not just a murderer, but his own inner demons too.

And then the killer strikes again, and Cody realizes the threat isn’t to the people of Liverpool after all – it’s to the police.

Following the success and acclaim of the Callum Doyle novels, A Tapping at My Door is the first installment of David Jackson’s new Nathan Cody series.

*****5 STARS*****

Wow what a read!!! I’m hooked and will be reading the next one in the series. When you find out the trauma he suffered, it will make you gag, at least it made me gag and that is pretty difficult to do. His tormentors are still bothering him and they step it up at the end leaving you wanted to know what happens in the next book.

The entire time I knew it couldn’t be the obvious suspect and had my theories about two other people and I was wrong of course. Though I realized it right about the time the detectives did!

Love how we find out why the cop killer is doing this, how it all adds up and why. So amazingly written and plotted out.

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 She’s having a heart attack and still being walked all over my by her husband, former best friend/boss, and kids’ school, and everyone else. She is still treated like a doormat, a servant to her husband and her own mother doesn’t seem to get the severity of the fact that her daughter almost died

I wanted to jump into the book, slam down the door, kick the mom out, punish those kids for two days, and put the husband to work doing all her crap.

Instead of standing up for herself she just leaves. I am not sure I am liking this premise. I would just stop doing it all, Let the kids be mad at me, let the house go to mess, let it all go to shit and just relax. But to leave it all behind, to leave your kids with no notes or calls is really weird and odd. I am going to continue for a bit, but may skip to the end.  

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November Funny Friday

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Today’s post is this month’s Funny Friday, a regular feature published on the last Friday of every month. Funny Friday is a collaborative project. Each month one of the participants submits a picture, then we all write 5 captions or thoughts inspired by that month’s picture. Links to the other bloggers’ posts are below, click on them and see what they’ve come up with. I hope we bring a smile to your face as you start your weekend.

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Here’s today’s picture. It was submitted by Not That Sarah Michelle (http://notthatsarahmichelle.blogspot.com)

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1. Love Is Love.  


2. The fight for the remotes ended with them falling asleep. They were teased mercilessly the next morning. 


3.  When the humans leave… 


4.  Humans have Netflix and chill, we have Animal Planet and cuddle  


5.  Finally the humans are asleep we can finally watch what we want.  

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Fly on the Wall

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Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 13 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house.

Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes

Participants:

Mommy: AKA Karen, me…the wife and mom 

Daddy: AKA Tony, husband and dad

AJ – our only child, a 7 year old boy who thinks he knows it all and is the one in charge

Bonus – our sweet and lovable adopted rat terrier 

Told him he needed to eat his dinner or I was going to throw it out, he left it sitting there for 30 minutes. When he finally started eating, I asked “Do you like it?”

He responded, “Lil’ bit.”

Has my son been watching Robert Dinero movies?????

Taking his time getting ready to leave. I finally yelled at him, let’s go.

He snarked back with “Hold on Missy/”

I told him I signed him up for the Halloween party at the after school program.

“How much did it cost?”

“Fifteen dollars.”

“That’s not bad.”

Really, who is this kid?

At the local pharmacy picking up a prescription eye drops for pink eye…sighs…for both of us.

AJ is going on and on about how Tony ate his huge Hershey bar form from four years ago.

“Dude, let it go already. You’ve gotten enough candy to make up for it.”

The pharmacist smiles, but then tries to hodl back laughter when she hears this….

“Tuna is from a plant.”

“No it’s not. It’s a fish, you know, tuna fish.”

“Well my teacher says it’s from a plant.”

“I think you might heard of heard wrong. I think your teacher knows that tuna is a fish.”

AJ is eating a croissont and a piece of it falls to the floor. Since he loves them so much he steps on it to prevent Bonus from getting it. Then quickly puts it in his mouth.

I stared at him in horror and after a second he looks at me and cringes. “I didn’t mean to do that.” As he runs to the garbage to spit it out. 

“Perhaps if you just let Bonus have it you wouldn’t have eaten your own foot stink.” 

Tony is with AJ in the mornings and at times has epic battles to get ready for school. He told him one morning, “Put your shoes and socks on.” Since someone was a zombie in front of the TV.

My snarky kid responded with, “Well obviously Daddy, I have to put my clothes on first.” 

Tony said he had to take a deep breath and walk away. Of course he came back to a 7 year old standing in front of the TV fully dressed sans socks and shoes. ***eye twitches*** 

As Tony was dropping off AJ in the car line AJ was complaining about getting out five cars back. Tony told him he has to wait till they are the 2nd car, no excuses. AJ did not like this and was complaining the entire time. When they finally were the second car, AJ jumped out and screamed, “Thank God, fresh air!” Of course the custodian and police officer who handle drop off heard AJ scream, I mean how could they not? They looked at Tony and smirked. 

I had a talk with AJ about. He of course thought it was super funny. I had to keep my poker face, but I have to to agree with him. It was hysterical. I would have loved to been a fly in that car.

This really did make my day!!!!!

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Storm Preperation

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Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them.

I’m using:

run ~ lantern ~ storm ~ create ~ eat ~ now

They were submitted by: http://Bakinginatornado.com 

Must we seriously have Christmas decorations out in stores before Halloween every ended??? It’s so annoying. Every time I go into a store with AJ he kept asking about buying something Christmas. My response is that I refuse to acknowledge that the products are even out yet. I got a few chuckles from other moms.

I want to run up and down the aisles knocking every item off the shelf. Imagine how fun and liberating that would be. I can dream, can’t I?

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Right now, besides trying to get ready mentally and physically for the holidays, I need to start prepping for the cold weather. We need to stock up on basics incase a storm ensues and we are out of, God forbid, bread and milk,  What would we eat?????? shrieks in terror.

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Sorry, I couldn’t t help it. Though it’s good to have the basics during the months of possible snow storms. I try to create a pantry of peanut butter, jelly, bread, crackers, protein bars. I also like to have hummus, cheese, crackers, tuna fish, and lots milk. I should start preppingh now as you never know when I storm might hit. Tony is the one who preps all the safety items, flashlights, candles, and lanterns.

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Queen In My Own Mind

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Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them.

I’m using:

Great minds think alike ~ Hippocampus ~ Queen ~ Star

They were submitted by: http://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com  

Okay, another crazy rant of an overworked and exhausted mom. I hope this makes sense as you read the following.

What a collection of words, right? I actually had to look up hippocampus, I knew it was in the brain, but not sure what it did. According to numerous sites…. “The hippocampus is a small region of the brain that forms part of the limbic system and is primarily associated with memory and spatial navigation.” Okay, does that mean I have a small hippocampus because I am a huge klutz and can’t remember crap. Or maybe that is mom brain, or do moms have smaller hippocampuses after they have their first kids. Does each kid make the hippocampus even smaller, or it just shrinks once? I know I keep typing hippocampus, but it’s a funny word.

In all seriousness though, in diseases like Alzheimers, the hippocampus is the first to be damaged. To lose all your memories and not recognize family is truly debilitating and horrific.

Do you have a friend that when you just look at them you know you are on the same page. Well if you are, then great minds think alike. Okay, I know that was pretty lame. But seriously, don’t you love when you and your friend have the same ideas, you just know its meant to be. A good friend can make you feel like the Queen of life or the star of the show. Good friends don’t want to out shine you or embarrasses you. Rather they will join in your embarrassment or save the day.

Perhaps one day you were dancing like fools in the car, not trying to outdo each other, but make each other laugh and enjoy the moment. Or perhaps you and your friend were making fools of yourselves in Home Good. It couldn’t be helped when one of you saw the huge, red, round ornament. Who could have predicted that the older woman would be walking around the corner at the same time you were being lewd with the ball. No fear, it only made the moment even funnier.

I apologize for any hippocampus shrinking after reading this.

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Someone Has To Do It

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Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week, 11 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

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Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

My subject is:

How do you manage to get things done that you absolutely hate doing?

It was submitted by: http://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch/

 

Exercising: Need help committing to exercising. During the week I get up at 5:10 and leave the house by 6:35. I don’t get home till 4, some days I don’t get home till 5:30. It’s a long day of teaching and driving to schools. By the time I get home I am mentally and psychically done, so how the hell do I fit exercise in there??????

Lunches: I hate making lunches, seriously it’s no monotonous and annoying. When Anthony was in kindergarten I tried to make all those cute lunches you see on pinteretst, then realized 1. Who has the bloody time with a full time job 2. It’s all getting shoved in his mouth and he’s shitting it out in the toilet, so does it matter how cute it is? 3. He could care less if I leave him a note or not. So I just just make a sandwich, give him two snacks and throw in a juice and he’s good to go.

Cleaning: I hate cleaning and wish I had money to toss around. I would hire a cleaning lady again. It was lovely coming home to clean and organized house. Now it’s all up to me and I don’t like it. I’m tired of smelling piss all over the toilet, I’m tired of cleaning up messes and spills. I’m tired of cleaning period!

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Grocery Shopping: I wish I could afford to hire a personal shopper. I was planning to use one this year, but things did not pan out the way I had hoped. After commuting and working all week, I just want to come home to a the shopping already done. Peapod just grabs the items and brings them to you without really checking them out or picking the best. The service and quality of the products are beyond terrible.

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Laundry: So much flipping laundry, I never have anything put away at all. Except that one week when Tony is away at boy scout camp over the summer and Anthony y is in camp. It’s just me so that is one the one week there is NEVER any laundry out. The other 358 days of the year we have more laundry to put away and wash all at the same time. How does that flipping happen. By the time they clothes are dried there are two more baskets of laundry to be done. Why even bother putting it all away….sobs as I think about it.

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Book Review: Wishing on Baby Dust

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Infertility stinks. No one knows that better than Megan. After six years of insanity-inducing hormone drugs and desperate prayers, all she has to show for her efforts are enough negative pregnancy tests to fill a bassinet. All around her women are accidentally getting pregnant—like her star piano student—while Megan remains hopelessly barren.

Megan’s never felt so alone. But she’s not the only one struggling.

Christina has just entered the world of infertility, made worse by the fact her husband isn’t ready to be a father. Their marriage, already hanging in the balance, is being torn apart.

Then there’s Kyra, the mother of a precocious three-year-old. She’s shocked to be struggling with secondary infertility. A baby is priceless, but sometimes Kyra feels like she’s being forced to choose which commandment to keep: stay out of debt, or multiply and replenish the earth.

When Megan and Christina are assigned as Kyra’s visiting teachers, they all realize that what you see isn’t necessarily what’s beneath the surface. Some secrets aren’t worth the cost of keeping them.


*****3 STARS*****

I have to give some warnings about this book before I review. 

1. This book is about three religious couples whose faith is an important part of the book. I’m Catholic, so I found it reassuring in their faith to trust in God. Thankfully whatever their religion fertility treatments were not against their beliefs. 

2. You will need tissues, lots of tissues. Not everyone will have a happy ending.  It’s shocking and unexpected. That’s real life though.

3. The narrator was difficult to follow. Felt as if I was being read to rather than being pulled into the book. Too worried on pauses and sounding out each word,  rather than just letting it flow like other narrators. I did nor let that influence my star rating, but almost returned it because it was annoying.

The overall summary truly captured the reality of what it feels like to live with infertility: the emptiness, emotions, pain,  treatments,  disappointments, and fights.  The author didn’t wrap everything up in a neat little bow, which is reality.  BUT, if you are going to go into detail for every little argument, discussion, and plan for the the couples, then you need to give closure to the readers.  You can’t just stop the book.  It’s almost as if she ran out of time or couldn’t think of what to write next.

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Wishing on Baby Dust by Lydia Winters

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace: he has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You’d like to get to know Grace better. But it’s difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are never apart. Some might call this true love.

Picture this: a dinner party at their perfect home, the conversation and wine flowing. They appear to be in their element while entertaining. And Grace’s friends are eager to reciprocate with lunch the following week. Grace wants to go, but knows she never will. Her friends call—so why doesn’t Grace ever answer the phone? And how can she cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim?

And why are there bars on one of the bedroom windows?

The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie?

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Stay Off The Bus

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Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them.

I’m using:

weed ~ golden pot ~ school ~ educational video ~ The Magic School Bus

They were submitted by: http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com/   

I laughed at the collection of words! Seriously, how awesome of a mix. There was so many ways I could write this. We all think The Magic School Bus was an amazing television how that made science awesome and fun for kids. It made kids want to learn. We regard it as educational videos, but instead it could just be a delusion brought on by smoking some really heavy weed.

Think about it, the big yellow bus could symbolize a huge golden pot filled with weed. Each kid could symbolize a stereotype in life and the teacher, Mr. Fizzle is the dealer. She’s driving around getting people hooked on her magic bus.  The students are happy to get out of school, or rather their soul-sucking jobs, and space out on that magical bus.

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Come on the bus! I have special brownies for you!

Even better, they should make this an American Horror Story Episode. You are trapped on the a magical bus that shrinks you and takes you to disgusting places where the terror is nothing you could have ever imagined in your worst nightmares. All you can do is keep smoking the weed and hope you wake up-but you never do. Or one by one, Ms. Frizzle makes you live out your worst nightmares and you die slowly and painfully.

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Once you get on the bus, you can never get off.

Perhaps the worst thing that could happen is a porn is made off this. I really hope there isn’t one already. Isn’t it sad that there are people who say, “Oh wow, what a cool show or movie. I know how to make it even better, let’s turn it into porn.”

Yup, I totally went off on a tangent and made no sense. I am overworked with little sleep. No, I have NEVER smoked pot or taken any drugs. I just have a weird imagination.

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Book Review: The Sister

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Grace hasn’t been the same since the death of her best friend Charlie. She is haunted by Charlie’s words, the last time she saw her, and in a bid for answers, opens an old memory box of Charlie’s. It soon becomes clear there was a lot she didn’t know about her best friend.

When Grace starts a campaign to find Charlie’s father, Anna, a girl claiming to be Charlie’s sister steps forward. For Grace, finding Anna is like finding a new family, and soon Anna has made herself very comfortable in Grace and boyfriend Dan’s home.

But something isn’t right. Things disappear, Dan’s acting strangely and Grace is sure that someone is following her. Is it all in Grace’s mind? Or as she gets closer to discovering the truth about both Charlie and Anna, is Grace in terrible danger?

There was nothing she could have done to save Charlie …or was there? 

*****5 STARS*****

The ending reminded me of the book The Husband’s Secret. Really a nail biter as you had no idea why Anna was doing this and who she really was. I wanted to reach through my radio and smack Grace for not seeing what was going on. 
I had some ideas, but no where near what the really happened, I love that I was so off and blown away. Usually books are easy to predict, so BRAVO for this plot and ending.
NO SPOILERS…I don’t want to give away anything, it’s so intense and awesome. I did actually feel bad for some characters even though I shouldn’t, after all circumstances beyond their control made them who they were. Lies and half truths destroy everyone.  

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Wishing on Baby Dust by Lydia Winters

Infertility stinks. No one knows that better than Megan. After six years of insanity-inducing hormone drugs and desperate prayers, all she has to show for her efforts are enough negative pregnancy tests to fill a bassinet. All around her women are accidentally getting pregnant—like her star piano student—while Megan remains hopelessly barren.

Megan’s never felt so alone. But she’s not the only one struggling.

Christina has just entered the world of infertility, made worse by the fact her husband isn’t ready to be a father. Their marriage, already hanging in the balance, is being torn apart.

Then there’s Kyra, the mother of a precocious three-year-old. She’s shocked to be struggling with secondary infertility. A baby is priceless, but sometimes Kyra feels like she’s being forced to choose which commandment to keep: stay out of debt, or multiply and replenish the earth.

When Megan and Christina are assigned as Kyra’s visiting teachers, they all realize that what you see isn’t necessarily what’s beneath the surface. Some secrets aren’t worth the cost of keeping them.

For a sneak peak into how I am enjoying this book, check out my Sneak Peak Saturday Posts

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